• The Aviator (2004)

The Aviator

Release Date: December 25th, 2004

DVD Release Date: May 24th, 2005

PG-13 |2 hr 46 min

Plot Summary

Billionaire and aviation tycoon Howard Hughes (Leonardo DiCaprio) is a successful public figure: a director of big-budget Hollywood films such as "Hell's Angels," a passionate lover of Hollywood leading ladies Katharine Hepburn (Cate Blanchett) and Ava Gardner (Kate Beckinsale), and an aviation pioneer who helps build TWA into a major airline. But in private, Hughes remains tormented, suffering from paralyzing phobias and depression. The higher he rises, the farther has to fall.

Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Cate Blanchett, Kate Beckinsale, John C. Reilly, Alec Baldwin, Alan Alda, Ian Holm, Danny Huston

Director: Martin Scorsese

Genres: Historical drama , Biography

Production Co: Initial Entertainment Group, Warner Brothers, Appian Way, Miramax Films, Forward Pass, Cappa Productions

Distributors: Miramax Films

Keywords: Fascinating , Love , Rise , Fall , 1940s , 1930s ,

Ratings & Reviews

  • 80
    Michael RechtshaffenThe Hollywood Reporter

    Scorsese has crafted a rip-roaringly gorgeous-looking, beautifully acted biographical epic. But while firing on all cylinders, there's something oddly distancing about the picture. show more

  • 70
    Joe MorgensternWall Street Journal

    Watching the actors and gorgeous trappings is an adventure in cognitive dissonance. I didn't believe a single minute in almost three hours, but enjoyed being there all the same.

  • 75
    Carrie RickeyPhiladelphia Inquirer

    Scorsese's most accomplished, most disciplined movie since GoodFellas. His most gorgeous, too, with the peaches'n'strawberries'n'cream palette of early Technicolor films. show more

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Awards

Nominated Actor in a Leading Role
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2005)
Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2005)
Winner Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2005)
Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2005)
Winner Actress in a Supporting Role
Winner Best Performance By an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama
Nominated Actor in a Supporting Role
Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2005)
Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2005)
Nominated Costume Design
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2005)
Nominated Original Screenplay
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2005)
Nominated Sound
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2005)
Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2005)
Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2005)
Nominated Cinematography
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2005)
Winner Art Direction
Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2005)
Winner Film
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2005)
Nominated Best Director - Motion Picture
Nominated Actor in a Leading Role
Nominated Sound Mixing
Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2005)
Winner Best Motion Picture - Drama
Nominated Achievement in Special Visual Effects
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2005)
Nominated Best Screenplay - Motion Picture
Winner Actress in a Supporting Role
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2005)
Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2005)
Nominated Writing (Original Screenplay)
Winner Cinematography
Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2005)
Winner Production Design
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2005)
Winner Best Original Score - Motion Picture
Nominated Anthony Asquith Award for Original Film Music
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2005)
Winner Make Up and Hair
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2005)
Nominated Best Picture
Nominated Directing
Nominated Editing
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2005)
Winner Costume Design
Nominated Best Performance By an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
Winner Film Editing
Nominated David Lean Award for Achievement in Direction
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2005)
Nominated Actor in a Supporting Role
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2005)